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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 technology  research  practice

A Research Tip

  • Research & Writing

Thanks to Sooin Kim, Faculty Services Librarian with the Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto there is another type of link creation tool to share.  Thess tools are made for a specific purpose – to assist with building links to material that will be used at law schools.

Sooin shared the WestlawNext Link Creator https://lawschool.westlaw.com/admin/wllinkcreator/wllinkcreator.aspx. It is a nifty little tool that will build a link to a specific citation, a KeyCite record, a particular database or to a specific query.  It also offers the link in three formats: URL, Iframe, and Hypertext link with all of the HTML code including an option to open the link in a new window.

Sooin confirmed that even though the tool points to the US Westlaw, it redirects to the Canadian source.

Duke Law (specifically the Goodson Law Library) describes the WestlawNext Link Creator on their Proxy Link Builder page. They also offer a link to a Similar tool for LexisNexis: LexisNexis Link Builder. I am sure that this tool offers similar features to those with law school LexisNexis access accounts.

I used to assist a colleague who was a sessional instructor prepare his electronic case book. Preparing links to material licensed by the University Libraries was arduous – find the cite through the proxy service links from the catalogue, copy and paste the URL, test it for link stability, build the hyperlink. These tools offer a great shortcut to that process.

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